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Teenager raises cash for Rwanda in London to Brighton bike ride
A teenager raised £520 for charity by completing the London to Brighton cycle ride.
Lewis Barton, 14, a pupil of St Michael’s Catholic High School in Garston, was raising funds for his school’s ongoing charity for Rwanda. He managed to complete the course in less than six hours.
The Year 9 pupil decided he wanted to do something for the charity as part of the school’s “doing something for someone else” awards category. In doing this he received a round of applause in assembly.
His mother Lorraine Rogers was waiting at the finish line for Lewis and revealed he found the ride difficult.
She said: “I was so proud of him. There were very few youngsters taking part, and I think for Lewis to have wanted to do this, and raise money for someone else, is really quite amazing.”
She added: “He started training when he was just 13, giving up his evenings and Sundays. He was really very well prepared, but I think it was some of the hills on the actual day that took it out of him, and he said it was harder than he expected it to be.”
Thanks to fundraising activities, students, teachers and parents have managed to supply medical products and set up co operatives to aid HIV/AID patients. They have also built houses and a clinic and pay for the schooling of orphaned children.
Joining Lewis on the challenge were his father, Gary, and three other family members, who rode under the name Team GB 2012 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.